Yankees Could Look to Arizona in Search for Starting Pitching Help
The main selling point on Patrick Corbin was his excellent 2013 season, where he looked like an emerging front-of-the-rotation option. In 208.1 innings of work and 32 starts that year, he pitched to a 3.41 ERA and 3.43 FIP while making his first All-Star squad.
After missing the entire 2014 season and part of 2015 following TJ surgery, Corbin made 16 solid starts last year, but hasn’t carried over that success to this season. He finished 2016 with a 5.15 ERA and 4.84 FIP in 155.2 IP.
Corbin more than doubled his walk total from last year, from 1.8 BB/9 to 3.8 BB/9. Yankees fans saw with Ivan Nova the effect that TJ can have one a pitcher’s control (although apparently Ray Searage can still fix that). His homers also increased from 1 HR/9 last year to 1.4 this season.
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While Corbin’s value is down, Arizona may still be inclined to move him given the extreme seller’s market for starting pitching that is expected. At 27 with two years of team control remaining, they can probably get a solid return for Corbin despite his ugly season.